I had heard a lot about the hotel Zi Teresa as my mum had been there a few times before and to be honest it met expectations. First things first, the location.
The hotel itself is no more than 30 metres from the main Corso Italia, despite this I didn't hear that much in the way of road noise. The walk into town to the Piazza Tasso can be accomplished in 5 minutes if walking briskly, but I would suggest taking your time otherwise you may miss something along the way. Also despite the fact that it was mid to late September when we went the temperature was still in the 20's. I would suggest at some stage going to the roof terrace of the hotel as the view from there is very good, you can see round to the Sorrentine peninsula, a bit of Capri and right across the bay of Naples with Vesuvious sitting ever present in the background.
The desk staff. On arrival the desk staff were helpfull and a "well polished unit", this stayed the same for the entire 2 weeks that we stayed. After we had been there for a week the school trips started to arrive and despite the poor behaviour of the children the staff still managed to maintain a gracefull swanlike composure. They also had a level of control over the kids that the teachers didn't appear to have. Very well done Daniel and the team.
When I got to the room it was nice, clean and provided me with everything that I needed. Don't expect large flat screen televisions or mini bars, you won't get them and to be honest you don't need them, it would be rather sad to sit in your room when you have Sorrento itself to explore. On the other hand you will probably still require power sockets, there were three in the main room and a further one in the bathroom, so charging cameras phones and tablets / laptops shouldn't be an issue. The view from the room was actually out across the pool and one of the police stations (the Italians appear to have police for police) across the road, to be honest I didn't come to Sorrento for the view from the room. On the other hand the view from our loo was similar to the one from the roof terrace. The bathroom was good, it has a bath, shower bidet, loo and even a hairdryer.
At this point I would like to thank the cleaning ladies, they seemed to time it so that whenever they were cleaning we were out and they came in every day including sundays, the room was always cleaned with a good level of diligence.
Food and Dining. The dining room was always clean, the tables were kept immaculately. There was normally a marker with your name and room number on the table assigned to you. Breakfast was enjoyable, once again don't expect a full English fry up, you're on the continent and you get a continental style breakfast with cold meats and cheeses, yoghurts and sweet / savoury pastries. When you took your seat you would be asked if you'd like tea or coffee, there was also a choice of fresh juice in the morning.
Also in the morning you were provided with the menu to make a selection for the evening meal, there were three starters and three main courses to choose from with the dessert being a surprise. I was happy enough with the choice and to be honest if you wanted something else there are enough places to eat in Sorrento itself that you would be spoilt for choice. Thanks to Gianfranco and the team who provided the service throughout in the dining room, it was a pleasure to meet you.
In summary, if you want a good family friendly hotel with good food and nice service that is clean and within easy enough walking distance of the main square (Piazza Tasso) then The Hotel Zi Teresa would be a very good choice, likewise if you wish for a quiet getaway and wish to see the sights of Sorrento. I will return in the future as I enjoyed my stay.
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- Also Known As:
- Zi Teresa Hotel
- Zi Teresa Sorrento